About Dylan Skelhorn
Dylan Skelhorn worked as a Solid Fuel Heating Engineer for a small company who specialised in Chimney work and Roofing where most of his work was at height. In June 2011, he was deployed to service a chimney and while standing on the chimney stack, it collapsed from underneath him. He fell head first down a pitched roof, knocking over an unsecured extension ladder and fell a total of 33 feet, landing on a brick wall and sustaining severe multiple life-changing injuries.
His pelvis was broken on both sides, he broke two ribs and punctured his right lung which have left him in severe lifelong pain. He now takes a cocktail of drugs every day to control his pain and hasn’t been able to return to physical work since.
Dylan has been working as a Motivational Safety Speaker since 2014, sharing his story to try and prevent others having life-changing accidents which he is very determined and passionate about. He is involved in projects to prevent Working At Height injuries and deaths but his story is relevant in any sector because it is about a life-changing accident and not just about a fall from height. His story is a harsh reminder to those in all industries and at every level that unfortunately these incidents are still happening today.
Passionate about safety
He travels the length of the UK and Ireland presenting to lots of companies and is prepared to travel even further to share his story. He has presented to tens of thousands of people. In 2017, Dylan was asked by major national construction company Willmott Dixon to be their Safety Ambassador and worked with them full time for three years visiting all of their sites and offices and still continues to present for them.
How it works
He is able to present at your company from as little as 10 minutes to 2 hours with or without a projected presentation with props or just a simple toolbox talk and is mobile enough to present on site and holds a CSCS Card and numerous safety qualifications. His presentations describe his life before the accident, the accident itself and the after-effects of it on him, his family, friends and work colleagues and the daily struggles he now endures after being forced to work unsafely by his former employer. This is an effective way of making audience members realise the effects that an accident would have on their lives if they had one and is a real eye-opener and also the repercussions to company Management, Directors and Owners. Dylan receives many positive comments and feedback after every presentation, some of which can be found here.